The Great Server Decay, started when the Facepunch Republic started to lose control and eventually collapsed. This, along with server lag problems, the ip change from .net to .org, and a server down time for three months, caused many players to quit 2b2t, and many more followed. The Facepunch Decay Era is most well known for its all time low player count. Due to the lack of players, griefings and battles became less common, creating a twisted version of peace, basically completing the Facepunch initiative in an ironic way. This Era does not have much history due to the low player count.... until 2b2t was switched to a temporary map to test plugins. On this map, Hitlerwood, the remnants of the Facepunch Republic, teamed up with many other small groups to form Valkyria.
Information from Sato86 Edit
"With the faction war losing force and spotlight, Facepunchers started to form their own groups or just going solo. 4channers had nothing more to destroy or stalk, seeing themselves to be forced to follow the same path of their enemies. 2b2t base numbers grew at the same pace that the griefings decreased. The player number also started to decrease due the fact that many players gave up after the extremely violent period. 1mil group or at least what was left from it was isolated in the millions.
A very long Era of decay began. It started with a new facepunch thread that was made about 2b2t - during February 2012 - announcing that there was no republic and that there had never been one. In fact, the amounts of bases that were made claiming to be facepunch republics would be so great that even dirt huts would make this claim as a obvious joke of the whole situation. During June 2012, 2k2k became the only official facepunch base to be discussed on the forums. Phagocyitc was the person in the charge of the base. The fact that the place was considered a spawn base and griefed before would discourage 4channers to do anything. They would just repair it again and again. Both sides were exhausted from the months of fighting.
2b2t griefings became more and more rare. The lag started to strike and many players left the server. The last attempt by Facepunchers to make a base was lead by Coldwave and his group. However they were smart enough to avoid the mistakes of their predecessors. The group had a locked list of invited members. No one on the forum would join, no matter how much they asked. They would use facepunch to update their base progress and communicate. They greatest base was known as Hitlerwood
Shortly after, 3 players grouped together past 100k. They were all fairly new on the server and with no goals in mind. Sato86 invited Pyrobyte and Drewbookman to his base called Anatolia, where they would form the Anatolia triumvirate. Anatolia and Hitlerwood would later join forces thanks to a convenient temporary test map. Under the leadershio of Sato86, Coldwave and hinderjd, a new major group of players formed. This group put an end to the long decay Era that 2b2t had suffered, making the server active thanks to a base called Valkyria."